Protection of university intellectual property has been institutionalized in 1997 with the creation of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The IPO, under the supervision of the OVCRE, is tasked to look after the interests of UPLB researchers, faculty, other staff, and even students, to ensure that their creative works are properly protected, promoted and used.
The IPO aims to monitor and evaluate intellectual property outputs that are potentially patentable and can be commercialized. The administrative process in filing for a copyright or patent application is done through the IPO. All required forms are prepared by the IPO.
In consideration of the developments in intellectual property rights, particularly in patenting of intellectual property, caution must be observed in publishing/promoting knowledge products that are potentially patentable. An author of a published research considered as a highly patentable research output should apply for a patent within one year of publication. This grace period is considered as non-prejudicial disclosure. Publication does not only refer to printed matter but any form of communication or activity that has made the research known to a third party or the public.
For more information, please contact the UPLB Intellectual Property Office through the UPLB Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. To download forms needed in processing patents, copyrights and disclosures, please go to this part of the downloads section.